Sunday, 17 December 2017

Noise fear over new gym plan

PLANS for a new gym in Henley have been recommended for refusal for a second time.

PLANS for a new gym in Henley have been recommended for refusal for a second time.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee still has concerns about noise and parking at the proposed site at Centenary Business Park, off Station Road.

Malcolm Jiggens, from Binfield Heath, has applied for planning permission for a health and fitness centre at a commercial unit he owns in Station Road.

Mr Jiggens’s son Jack told the committee: “We’re going to encourage people to use their own personal music. People have said it is not built for music or noise but the building is very strong.”

He said the 10cm thick steel walls would mitigate noise levels.



But Councillor Sam Evans said the music from the former LA Fitness gym on the Newtown estate could be heard in Marsh Meadows.

She added: “There are ways to reduce noise levels but industrial units are not built to do so.”

Committee chairman David Nimmo Smith pointed out that an Oxfordshire County Council highways officer had recommended refusal as the 16 spaces required for the site had not been provided.

Plans for the gym show only five parking bays with users encouraged to walk or cycle to the site.

Cllr Evans added: “We’re not opposed in principle. I think it’s still a work in progress. We have to see what they can do about noise and with the parking but we can’t accept at the moment.”

The district council is scheduled to make a decision by today (Friday).



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